GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
ä West Middlesex 19, Sharpsville 42 — At Buhl Farm Park, Coach Bob Morris’ Ms. Reds (6-0, 8-0) captured the Region 1 title for the 8th time in 9 seasons.
Chloé Tyillian finished 1st for WM in 19:58, while Madison Przicina was 2nd for Sharpsville in a time of 20:15.
“It’s always a thrill to win a region championship,” said Morris. “This ends the first part of our season; now we got to look forward to the big meets. But I’m real happy for the girls. The schedule is a real grind. All 11 work hard and a region title is always one of our goals. Congratulations to all our girls and our lone senior Jen Drda for a fine year.”
ä Hickory 20, Wilmington 35 — At Hermitage, Coach Tony Mastrian’s Lady Hornets (6-0) captured the Region 2 championship.
Lexi Bible (19:47), Jackie Abraham, Haley Boyd and Bailey Brown swept the top 4 spots for Hickory. Wilmington’s Rikki Brumbaugh finished 5th with a clocking of 21:37.
“The girls ran very aggressively,” said Mastrian. “Being the last dual-meet of the season they wanted to have their best times of the year, and many of them did. We now prepare for the big races that will be held the next couple weekends.”
ä Greenville 26, Slippery Rock 30 — At Greenville, the Lady Trojans took 6 of the top 10 berths to edge visiting Slippery Rock, led by runnerup Maddie Thrasher, who placed 20 seconds behind Slippery Rock’s Tabitha Donaldson.
ä Commodore Perry 15, Jamestown 50 (forfeit) — At Sheakleyville, the host Lady Panthers were led by Shae Grinnell’s 20:31 clocking in the exhibition.
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ä Hickory 23, Wilmington 34 — At Hermitage, the Hornets closed out the dual-meet season 5-1. Hickory’s lone loss was to Grove City.
Kyle Boyd finished 1st overall for the Hornets in a time of 17:26, 10 seconds ahead of Wilmington’s Calvin Gealy.
ä Commodore Perry 21, Jamestown 40 — At Sheakleyville, the host Panthers prevailed, led by Nate White, who won in 17:46 — 8 seconds ahead of runnerup Christian McElhaney of Jamestown.
ä Greenville 24, Slippery Rock 35 — At Greenville, Dylan Foley forged the host Trojans’ triumph with a 17:08 first-place finish, just 11 ticks ahead of Slippery Rock runnerup Andrew Maxwell.
ä West Middlesex 15, Sharpsville 50 (forfeit) — At Buhl Park, West Middlesex (6-0, 8-0) won its 9th Region 1 title in 9 seasons as Levi Canon (17:22) and David Johnson (17:23) finished 1-2 for WM.
Brad Calleja was 3rd (17:52) for Sharpsville.
“I’m just proud for the kids,” said Morris. “I’m proud of all the hard work these 16 boys put into the dual-meet season. I hope their work ethic and energy continues for the next few weeks and we hope for bigger things. Congrats to all the boys and our lone senior Levi (Canon).”
ä Mercer 5, Sharon 1 — At Sharon’s Tiger Stadium, the visiting Lady M’s (9-0, 11-4) got a 2-goal performance from Megan McKinney in the Region 1 win over Sharon.
Lexie Arkwright, Rebecca Shaffer and Adelyn Cook also scored for Mercer. Arkwright, Bethany Juergens and Kaitlin Berger had assists. Sami Carr made 7 saves in goal for Mercer.
Lily Trambley scored the lone goal for Sharon (3-10-1).
˝ On Monday, also at Tiger Stadium, Sharon was blanked by Fort LeBoeuf, 5-0.
ä Sharpsville 3, Kennedy Catholic 0 — Under the lights at McCracken Field, seniors Aislinn Frazer, Rose Stoyer and Rachel Toy were shining stars on “Senior Night” as they led the Lady Blue Devils (2-7, 3-12) to the Region 1 win.
Frazer drilled home a pair of goals and Stoyer scored the other goal. Stoyer and Juliana Sickafus were credited with assists. Toy notched the shutout between the pipes, making 12 saves.
Elizabeth Volkay posted 10 saves in goal for Kennedy Catholic.
Sharpsville’s seniors are Sickafus, Frazer, Stoyer, Toy, Ashley Hall, Cristen Woodward, Lauren Jones and Kailynne Keck.
ä Hickory 14, Titusville 0 — Under the lights at Hornet Stadium, Jackie White had 5 goals and Sara Suler posted a hat trick and 2 assists in leading the Lady Hornets (7-0, 12-1-1).
White and Suler, who are only juniors, both surpassed the 50-goal, 50-assist mark for their careers and senior Morgan McBride posted her 40th shutout.
Lauren Bell had 2 goals and 3 assists, M.K. Bair registered 1 goal and 2 assists, Isabella Spadafora tallied 1 goal and 3 assists, Marissa DeJulia notched 1 goal and 1 assists, Alura Dillon fired in a goal and Brianna McGowan was credited with 1 assist.
JV: Hickory, 2-0.
ä Grove City 6, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, Julie Distasi scored a hat trick to lead the visiting Lady Eagles.
Also garnering Grove City goals were Grace Dadzaa, Anna Williams and Lauren Wentz, while goalkeeper Olivia Andrews pitched the shutout.
Williams assisted on 2 scores, and Kalie Davis, Dadzaa also were credited with assists.
ä Sharpsville 3, Commodore Perry 0 — At Sharpsville, Olivia Shuttleworth had 20 points and 5 digs in leading the Lady Blue Devils (9-2, 9-4) to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-10 Region 1 sweep of CP.
Sharpsville: Madison Przicina 14 assists; Rachel D’Auria 8 kills, 5 points; Emily Anderson 5 kills; Kara Morris 5 mills; Miley Sikorski 5 kills, 10 points; Rachel Harenchar 7 digs; Emma Gerasimek 5 digs; Kailee Scurpa 6 assists. CP: No stats reported.
JV: Sharpsville, 25-12, 25-22.
ä West Middlesex 3, Lakeview 0 — At West Middlesex, the host Ms. Reds improved to 13-0 with a 25-21, 26-24, 26-24 sweep of the Lady Sailors.
ä West Middlesex: Tori Roberts 6 serving points, 12 digs; Aly Andrusky 8 kills, 9 digs; Megan Hazlett 12 points, 27 assists, 5 digs; Marissa Pursel 5 kills; Arieal Pratt 6 points, 8 kills; Dani Krepps 10 points, 6 digs; Saige Campbell 5 kills. Lakeview: No stats reported.
JV: Lakeview, 25-18, 20-35, 16-14.
ä Farrell 3, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the host Lady Steelers (5-3) staged a 25-16, 26-28, 25-18, 25-18 win over KC (1-13).
Farrell: Key-Asia Oatis 8 points, 8 kills; Whitney Murray 7 kills; Makayih Gardner 7 points, 8 digs; Jasmine Pegues 13 points, 7 assists; Jarissa Sharper 7 assists; Alysia Jackson 5 kills; Janee Avery 5 kills; Jakayla Samuels 10 points, 6 digs; Selena Thomas 8 points. Kennedy Catholic: J’Shawna Thompkins 6 points, 5 aces, 10 digs, 15 kills; Tatum Kress 6 points, 5 blocks, 9 digs, 5 kills; Emilee Taylor 11 points, 12 digs; Taylor Hood 5 blocks; Hannah Burns 9 assists; Khalidah Muhammad 10 points, 7 digs; Donique Marsella 5 points, 5 digs; Tori Bremick 8 digs.
JV: Farrell, 25-23, 25-20.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
HICKORY 20, WILMINGTON 35
1. Lexi Bible (H), 19:47; 2. Jackie Abraham (H); 3. Haley Boyd (H); 4. Bailey Brown (H); 5. Rikki Brumbaugh (W); 6. Lexi Brumbaugh (W); 7. Hannah Winters (W); 8. Allison Baldwin (W); 9. Hannah Drake (W); 10. Paige Brown (H).
W.MIDDLESEX 19, SHARPSVILLE 42
1. Chloe Tyillian (WM), 19:58; 2. Madison Przicina (S); 3. Allyson Pierce (WM); 4. Anna Zrile (WM); 5. Sophia Kachulis (WM); 6. Jordan Aubel (WM); 7. Helena Zrile (WM); 8. Cassie Lukonic (S); 9. Izzy Schell (S); 10. Josie Canon (WM).
GREENVILLE 26, SLIP. ROCK 30
1. Tabitha Donaldson (SR) 21:22; 2. Maddie Thrasher (G): 3. Nanami Mano (G); 4. Emily Marshall (G); 5. Lauren Dietz (SR); 6. Quinn Burkhart (SR); 7. Becca Novek (SR); 8. Logan Addison (G); 9. Julianne Eppley (G); 10. Maddie Dangrow (G).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
HICKORY 23, WILMINGTON 34
1. Kyle Boyd (H), 17:26; 2. Calvin Gealy (W); 3. Logan Griffen (H); 4. Jared Masters (W); 5. Justin Walter (H); 6. Kevin Hartenstine (H); 7. Brett Whitty (W); 8. Colton Moretti (H); 9. Ryan Davis (W); 10. Trand Wright (H).
CMDR. PERRY 21, JAMESTOWN 40
1. Nate White (CP) 17:46; 2. Christian McElhaney (J); 3. Chad Peterson (CP); 4. Cordell Schrieber (CP); 5. Caleb Bickel (J); 6. Eric Johnston (CP); 7. Paul Jewell (CP); 8. Kody Cropp (CP); 9. Erik Hnida (CP); 10. Jason Casteel (CP).
GREENVILLE 24, SLIP. ROCK 35
1. Dylan Foley (G) 17:08; 2. Andrew Maxwell (SR); 3. Ryuji Mano (G); 4. Will Henry (SR); 5. Michael Lineman (G); 6. Mac Taylor (SR); 7. Mercer Martin (G); 8. Elijah Dangrow (G); 9. Tyler Smith (G); 10. Mchael Eppley (G).
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Roundup: Opening-weekend tipoff tourneys conclude
Kittanning Tipoff Championship
ä Hickory 60, Kittanning 32 — Coach Jeannette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets had an impressive weekend in winning the opening tourney of the season.
“It’s nice to get out of the game with a win,” said Whitehead. “The kids were anxious to get going.”
2013-14 hoops season begins with tipoff tourneys
Farrell Julius McCoy Tipoff Tourney
ä Kennedy Catholic 48, Imani Christian Academy 40 — The Golden Eagles set up an all local rematch with host Farrell by pulling away in the fourth quarter in a tight battle.
For KC, Gerald Zachar and Sam Crow each scored 13 points to pace the victory, Brown had 14 and Southerner 12 for Imani.
Brookfield boys win season-opener against Py Valley
It was a typical season-opener: Too many turnovers, some questionable shot selection, and careless personal fouls. But for Brookfield High boys’ bench boss Bill Kovach, “ ... always happy with a win.”
The Warriors were 7-for-10 from the free-throw line during the 4th frame, and held off Pymatuning Valley, 59-48, Tuesday night.
Hornets advance to semis with win over Central
DuBOIS, PA. — Some people could say the “third time is a charm.” For the Hickory High Hornets it was much more than that. In fact, it was glorious.
After losing in the first round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs the last two years, the Hornets finally nailed down a victory with a 37-27 triumph over the Central Dragons from Martinsburg.
Lakeview falls to Clarion Area in PIAA quarterfinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — In the scholastic athletic arena, “mercy rule” — while not politically correct in hyper-sensitive 2013 society — is a relatively accepted term.
Clarion High’s football had mercy-ruled all 13 prior opponents this season. And the Bobcats seemed bent on continuing their commanding conquests during Saturday’s PIAA Class A quarterfinal-round meeting with Lakeview.
Hickory focused on winning PIAA opener
The calendar reminds us that Thanksgiving arrives a little later than usual this year. But as holiday traditions go, this one has been pretty productive for Hickory High head football coach Bill Brest.
“My wife always has me put up our Christmas tree on the Friday after Thanksgiving ... and the next day, we’ve won. So I’ll be more than happy to help my wife put up the tree this Friday,” Brest related.
During the past 2 years Hickory has won District 10 titles on Thanksgiving weekend. But this year the Hornets harvested their 3rd consecutive crown last week, jettisoning Girard (21-10). Now Hickory (11-1) has a 1 p.m. date in DuBois Saturday against surprising Central-Martinsburg (11-2) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals.
Smart move by PIAA to schedule games early this weekend
Congratulations to the PIAA for making a good move that helps teams and fans of high school sports.
Wow, I haven’t been able to say that often enough!
But many of the high school football games this coming weekend will be played in the afternoon which is a real plus for traveling on possibly snow-blown highways at this time of the year.
Hornets 3-peat as D-10 champs with win vs. Girard
EDINBORO — When legendary coach Vince Lombardi said “the only good thing that comes from losing is the desire never to lose again,” he could very well have been referencing the future for Coach Bill Brest and his Hickory Hornets.
Since Hickory lost to Sharon, 14-6, in the 2010 District 10 finals in Brest’s first year at the helm of the team, the D-10 Class AA title game has belonged to Hickory. And Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium, it was no different as the Hornets topped Girard, 21-10 for a third straight crown.
Sailors beat Devils to capture 1st District 10 title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
Hornets seek 3-peat Saturday vs. Girard
Bill Brest ... buffer?
Hickory High’s head football coach has broad shoulders and that’s necessary, because he’s taking on all distractions as his Hornets prepare for Saturday’s District 10 Class AA championship game.
Hickory (10-1) will attempt to hoist the D-10 trophy for a 3rd consecutive season when the Hornets journey to Girard’s backyard — Edinboro University’s Sox Harrison Stadium — to meet the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m.
Hickory rolls past Northwestern in D-10 semifinals
SLIPPERY ROCK — They say that “Familiarity breeds contempt.” You can bet the Northwestern Wildcats are feeling a bit of the latter for the Hickory Hornets!
For a third straight season Hickory eliminated the northerners from the District 10 Class AA playoffs, this time by a 52-14 score in the semifinals Saturday night at Slippery Rock University’s Thompson-Mihalik Stadium.
Greenville falls to Girard in D-10 semifinals
ERIE — District 10 was destined for a Class AA championship game between reigning 2-time titlist Hickory and Greenville.
But no one informed the Girard High football team of the plans.
“ … This is pretty cool … I’m pretty fired up about it,” admitted 4th-year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Jim Funk after Girard jolted Greenville, 16-14.
SPORTVIEW: Season fate could be decided today for Browns, Steelers
IT MAKES NO sense to say that one game determines the rest of the season. That’s why I’ll simply say: Today’s one game determines the rest of the season.
Since when did my predictions make sense anyhow?
The Cleveland Browns’ visit to Cincinnati today will go a long way to deciding if the Browns have a shot at making the playoffs — and even winning the AFC North title — or if they should start planning for the NFL draft.
GCC tops Thiel in OT to win Mercer County Cup
The Grove City and Thiel College football teams closed out their seasons on Saturday with a thrilling game at Alumni Stadium in Green-ville as Grove City posted a 50-44 overtime win in the 30th annual Mercer County Cup Game.
Quarterback Brian Pell scored on a 13-yard run for the Wolverines (3-5, 5-5) to give GCC the win in OT.
Devils beat WM; will play for 3rd straight D-10 title
Two-time defending District 10 Class A champion Sharpsville is returning to the D-10 title game for a third straight year and Coach Paul Piccirilli has a simple explanation for the team’s success:
“We believe. Kids in Sharpsville believe.”
A lot of people are believing as well after watching the Blue Devils dismantle West Middlesex, 40-3, Friday night at Hickory High Hornets Stadium.
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